Shoot For A Mule"" (1951) a backwoods story, was this author's best book and now it's Jeb again in his Kentucky surroundings, yearning his heart out for a hunting dog. It all starts when Jeb and his friend Ben meet up with a mean ""outsider"" Tom Reynolds. Reynolds' dog Tessie gets poor care, but all Jeb's efforts to repair the situation meet with snarls from Tom. Meanwhile Jeb starts an animal hospital at home-further realizes the urgency of care when Ben's sister is badly burned- and when the chance comes to cure Tessie from an accident, Jeb turns the situation into a new friendship for Tom who in turn gives Jeb Tessie for his own. Warm.